Another Lesson Learned

School, it seems is never out. At least for me.

Even on holidays like New Year's Eve.

Last night our annual home movie marathon was set to begin. This year though instead of movies, we had one of THE BEST comedies ever made stacked up and ready to spin.

Get Smart CollectionTwenty-five disks of Get Smart. The original 1960s series from the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry.

I knew we would never be able to watch them all, but we still looked forward to playing as many as humanly possible. However when we turned on the DVD player, there was no sound emanating from the stereo speakers.



Which was quite a conundrum, since it worked quite fine the day before.

And as he always does, hubby jumped to the conclusion that the cats had crawled behind the TV and unplugged the cables. I rolled my eyes because:

1) I'm the one who hooks up electronics around here and know the cables are all inside a cabinet


2) Cats don't have thumbs to actually pull cables out of sockets.

Smug satisfaction and and a well-placed "Told You So" came when I discovered hubby had left his headphone adapter jack in the stereo, thereby cutting off the speakers.

Ha! Hahahahahaha!

Sadly, I didn't laugh long.

2009 started off on a bad note as early this morning I couldn't connect to the net on my laptop. Oh the horrors! My wireless network wasn't even showing up on my system anymore. It was gone.



Which was quite another conundrum, since it had been working quite fine yesterday.

After hours of troubleshooting, phone calls to our internet provider, resetting the modem and router more times than I care to admit, and NEARLY pulling cables in the basement, I finally realized what the problem was.

The little button on my keyboard that activates the wireless was turned off. Which must have been pressed by Dakotah when she was taking her typical morning stroll on my laptop.

Cats on Laptop
Stupid cats.

Lesson learned?

Don't tell hubby or I'll never hear the end of it.

29 People would rather be commenting:

Daisy said...

Way to go, Dakotah! That was a good joke you played!

JD at I Do Things said...

HA! It's usually something like that, isn't it? I remember hearing my husband swearing at iTunes one evening because he couldn't preview songs. "It's playing the song, but you can't HEAR IT!" he bellowed. Turns out that altho the volume on the speakers was on, the little volume slider on iTunes was all the way off.

Couldn't blame that one on the cats, unfortunately!

Happy New Year!

JD at I Do Things

Jo Lodge said...

OMG hahahaha, sorry I should not be laughing but it did make me giggle. I am glad I am not the only one. Lets hope that is all that happens to you in 2009 LOL.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Lots of hugsss Jo

Jo Lodge said...

OMG hahahaha, sorry I should not be laughing but it did make me giggle. I am glad I am not the only one. Lets hope that is all that happens to you in 2009 LOL.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Lots of hugsss

Swubird said...


Now that is a funny story. It sounds like something Maxwell Smart would do down at Chaos Control.He would tear the place apart only to discover that a little switch was in the wrong position. LOL.

I'm sure we've all been there. I know I have. For instance, one day I was sitting in the mall with my laptop. The Queen was shopping, so I thought I'd write up a story. Then something awful happened. I accidentally touched something that disabled my touch pad. I went crazy for about an hour, until I calmed down and retraced my steps. Technology!

I hope you have a great 2009.

Happy trails.

Anonymous said...

I won't say a word. Nada. Ziltch.

Because I tried to take photos NYE of those Kodak moments while my kids were enjoying the fireworks and ball-dropping, but simply could not get a shot off on my fancy digital SLR.

It really helps when you turn it on.

Meg said...

I wish I have cats to blame for all the dysfunction around my place!

Ed & Jeanne said...

Those naughty cats. Why are they playing with your wireless settings?

Speaking of connectivity support, you need to read my post today. Very applicable.

And get your fanny over and onto my new blog roll! Sheesh...

VioletSky said...

Cats are so quietly sneaky, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

That has happened too many times to me. I won't tell. Get Smart is like the best show of all times. The movie wasn't that great but it was still great because it was Get Smart.

JoJo said...

Well at least they were simple fixes!! Glad everything is up and running normally! "Get Smart" was so funny.

Whenever someone is trying to explain something mathematical to me, I always say, "don't even bother, the doors in my head are slamming shut like they did behind Maxwell Smart." lol

Mike said...

Could you imagine what life would be like if the cats did have thumbs? Chaos, the utter insanity that they would inflict...

Thank goodness.

Maureen said...

Daisy: Ha! Yes, but the only reason I said "stupid cats" is because I was just defending them in front of hubby and then they go and do THAT to me! I mean, do you call that gratitude???? ;)

JD: Ha! Glad to hear I am not the only one to ignore the obvious... and whenever possible, blame the cats or dog! Happy New Year to you too!

Jo: Happy New Year too! I am glad I started it out with a laugh for you!

Swubird: Har! Now you KNOW your Get Smart! You are so right, it DOES sound like something Max would do. Unfortunately, a LOT of what I get myself into sounds like Max's doing. Perhaps watching that show constantly when I was young rubbed off on me... all the best in 2009 to you too.

OMG Carol... were we separated at birth? Because that is totally a "Maureen" move there, forgetting to turn ON the camera! Ha!!!

Prefers Her Fantasy Life: Why else would anyone own a pet??? ;)

VE: Holy crap!!! I need to get over there and comment, comment, comment... I need to keep up on that ol' blogroll of yours. Will be by tonight after a dinner out.

VioletSky: Yes they are ... but they also love a warm keyboard. I have a helluva time keeping one of our three cats off my laptop!

Jen: Agreed wholeheartedly... We are dying laughing at the DVDs... I was waiting years for them to come out. I got hubby the entire series for Christmas. Luckily, they arrived in the mail 2 days before Christmas! If they didn't make it on time, I was going to make him a card that said "Missed it by THAT much!"

JoJo: Har! What a great reference! You know, the DVD set opens up that way; with multiple "doors"! Very cool!

Mike: Har! Exactly! We should count our lucky stars they don't have opposable thumbs. They would rule the world...

Anonymous said...

What goes around comes around, huh?

We have a cat too and he seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Of course, for him, it's always the right place at the right time.

robkroese said...

Cats won't touch co-ax. They only mess with Cat 5.

Maureen said...

Unfinished Rambler: Yes, I wonder if cats thinks we are around just for THEIR entertainment? I think they do...

Diesel: Oh gad. I can't believe I didn't think of that. Har! Cat 5!!!

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Oh. My!

Cupcake Blonde said...

I won't say anything as long as you don't tell my husband that I freaked out thinking our dryer wasn't working and for twenty minutes tried in vain to get it to run and finally, while weeping about the expense to get a new dryer, saw that I hadn't closed the door all the way when I loaded the clothes.

Maureen said...

Ed: Oh yes!

Vegas Princess: OMG.... that is hilarious!!!! But I promise I won't tell YOUR hubby either.... (but that was still priceless).

Anonymous said...

Ha! Well, there you go. Cats are deviousness personified. Clearly, their breakfast was late. ;)

Babs (Beetle) said...

Haha! Thank goodness I don't have a button or Sukie would definitely switch it off! Many's the time she has not only turned my printer on, but actually starts it printing!

Anonymous said...

Some of the clients who come to me, exasperated about their wireless not working, are dumbfounded when I find the slider bar for wireless is set to OFF. A lot of IBMs have that. Their first reaction is embarrassment, the next is anger. Many of them don't even know the button or bar exists. Then they demand to know how it got turned off. Um, I don't know. It's your laptop! I usually tell them it can get switched off taking it in and out of their carrying cases (sounds plausible). Next time, I'll ask if they have pets.

Happy New Year!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee, I'm allowed to laugh right? Heh heh. Do you think he put Dakotah up to it? HAppy New Year. :D

Unknown said...

Honest to god, I went through more hours than that...andit was all about that little click on the laptop. Too hilarious. Then i go through my multiple personality disorders...Do I laugh and be glad it's resolved or keep kicking myself in the ass for not getting it before? so friggin dumb.

Janet said...

Very clever, Dakota! Tinsel does a bit of typing herselffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

Maureen said...

Jay: Har! I do believe it was!!!! Brilliant!

Lady Banana: I know.... I have shown others what the heck it is now too...

Babs: Hahahaha! Sukie prints for you eh? Well, mine have been known to power mine on as well during thier travels... which really freaks them out when it starts to make noise!

Kathy: Yes! I'll bet many of them will admit to having cats.... it's just a theory, but let me know if it's proven correct, will ya? Happy New Year too!

Jo: Yes, of course, it is perfectly fine to laugh. And I really won't give hubby that much credit to actually have planned that out. Although....nah. Happy New Year!

Charlie: Laugh. Yes. Laugh. Otherwise people like us would go crazy....

Janet: Hahahahahaha!!! Hiya Tinsel!

Bruce Johnson said...

25 hours of Get, that is a lot of the "Cone of Silence".

The wife and I have been watching the entire series of "The Sopranos" downloaded from iTunes. One episode a night. No interuptions and no Pedi-Egg commericals....thank god.

Paul Eilers said...

Substitute "baby boy" for "cats" and you've hit the nail on the head for me.

Jill said...

Oh I'm glad I don't have one of those buttons, 'cause Sugar sits on my laptop all the time!

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